Elizabeth M. Rust

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The functional significance of the developmental transition from slow skeletal troponin I (ssTnI) to cardiac TnI (cTnI) isoform expression in cardiac myocytes remains unclear. We show here the effects of adenovirus-mediated ssTnI gene transfer on myofilament structure and function in adult cardiac myocytes in primary culture. Gene transfer resulted in the(More)
The direct effects of expressing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy-associated (HCM-associated) mutant troponin T (TnT) proteins on the force generation of single adult cardiac myocytes have not been established. Replication-defective recombinant adenovirus vectors were generated for gene transfer of HCM-associated I79N and R92Q mutant cardiac TnT cDNAs into fully(More)
Adenovirus-mediated gene transfer into adult cardiac myocytes in primary culture is a potentially useful method to study the structure and function of the contractile apparatus. However, the consequences of adenovirus infection on the highly differentiated state of the cultured myocyte have not been determined. We report here a detailed analysis of(More)
Thin filament proteins tropomyosin (Tm), troponin T (TnT), and troponin I (TnI) form an allosteric regulatory complex that is required for normal cardiac contraction. Multiple isoforms of TnT, Tm, and TnI are differentially expressed in both cardiac development and disease, but concurrent TnI, Tm, and TnT isoform switching has hindered assignment of(More)
Mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells are pluripotent cells derived from the inner cell mass of the preimplantation blastocyst. These cells can be maintained in culture in an undifferentiated state, or they can be induced to differentiate in vitro into multiple cell types, including spontaneously beating cardiac myocytes. The ability to engineer these ES cells(More)
The main purpose of this study was to examine, for the first time, the ability of recombinant adenovirus to mediate gene transfer into cardiac myocytes derived from mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells differentiating in vitro. In addition, observations were made on the effect of adenovirus infection on cardiac myocyte differentiation and contractility in this(More)
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